Let’s face it, it’s a beautiful fantasy – the kids in their pajamas opening the big box, and out pops a fuzzy puppy with a big red bow. Awww, how adorable! But, this isn’t Hollywood, and puppies aren’t props. So let’s explore the idea from a more practical viewpoint and see if a Christmas puppy really makes sense for you and your kids.
- How old are your kids? Young puppies and young children are not always a match made in heaven. Kids squeal and run. Puppies bite and jump. Completely normal behavior for both, but it can be a challenge to meet the needs of both human and canine babies in a way that keeps everyone safe and happy. I believe it is best to wait until children are at least 6 years old before trying to raise a young puppy. Despite your best intentions and efforts, some dogs are not really fond of small children; even a puppy raised with kids may not enjoy them. So what is a reasonable compromise solution? Find an adult dog that is accustomed to and loves younger children – a smart choice with a better chance for harmonious success. (more…)